About The Programs

MEF provides a supplementary after-school program that serves 4-12th grade students from low-income families in the city of Chicago. Both centers provide academic enrichment, character education, individual attention, and extra-curricular activities for students, and parenting skills classes and discussions for the parents.


Walgreens One-on-One (ONE) | 4th - 6th Grade

The Walgreen's One-on-One program is designed to give young students the tools they need to be successful students and confident young adults. The program combines academic support, with character development, individual attention and electives to challenge students to be the best they can be.

Midtown/ Metro Achievement Program (MAP)

The MAP Program supports middle school students in their goal of enrolling in college preparatory high schools. The holistic program enables middle school students to be studious, confident, and responsible as they enter high school. The middle school program helps students grow academically, athletes, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters and friends.

College Orientation Program (COP)

The College Orientation Program is designed to guide and motivate high school students in their work to achieve success in college and beyond. The program helps students navigate the college matching and acceptance process through a combination of skill-building, academic enrichment, career and professional exploration, college-readiness activities, individual advising, individual tutoring, summer apprenticeships, and summer internships.

Parent Program

MEF's parent programs support parents in their role as the primary educators of their children through classes, discussions, conferences, and more.

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Extra-Curricular Activities

MEF students participate in a variety of extra-curricular activities to gain skills and confidence while discovering interest and future hobbies. Some of our activities include:


Visual and Performing Arts
Fitness and Sports
Dance Classes
Public Speaking
Culinary Classes 


Competitive Sports
Computer Science
Creative Writing
Chess Club


Academic Enrichment

By focusing on homework and classroom enrichment, volunteer tutors provide students with the academic help they need succeed in school. MEF also empowers students to take their education into their own hands by connecting them with scholarship organizations. 

Character Education

By learning about virtues and good habits, students develop the necessary tools to become better students, sons or daughters, sisters or brothers and friends. In the character development class, students discuss and learn how to practically implement virtues such as respect, service to others and hard work.

Individual Attention

Each student that participates in MEF programs is assigned a volunteer tutor-mentor that works with them the entire school year. With a focus on academics and character development, time spent each week with the same volunteer has proven to be an integral part of the overall improvement of the student.